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Study Abroad

International study and field experiences transform students. Working closely with Woodbury faculty, or with faculty from an international university, students get a chance to live in a new place, explore a new culture, and test their skills and knowledge in a new environment. Each year, Woodbury University offers international experiences in a wide variety fields, locations, and formats.

Paris, Barcelona, Berlin

Summer-abroad programs in the School of Architecture offer full-credit studio and lecture classes exploring theory, design, and history in highly charged urban settings. Students undertake work in two locations during these intensive field studies. They may explore sites in Barcelona for several weeks and then travel to Berlin for an examination of the same issues in a new urban setting. Regardless of where they go, students report that this program provides them their most impressive, important, and lasting educational and life experience.


The summer architecture studio at Southeast University in Nanjing introduces students to the principles of urban design, particularly challenges facing the contemporary Chinese city. Students examine the fine-grained issues of urban development in the context of traditional Chinese city planning, architecture, and garden design.


Students in architecture and interior architecture travel each summer to Tahiti, where faculty help them explore the ways in which design can bridge traditional and modern cultures. In their projects, students and faculty work with a number of institutional partners from the University of French Polynesia to the Centre des Métiers d’Art.


During short-stay studies and full-residency programs at Woodbury’s Rome Center for Architecture and Culture, students take studio courses led by Woodbury faculty and learn about Italian art, history, culture, and language.

Brazil, Costa Rica, Columbia, Argentina, Mexico

Each semester, and during the summer, students, under the guidance of Woodbury faculty, have visited and studied in these locations. Recently, Woodbury students spent a full semester with a Woodbury faculty member in Buenos Aires, where they worked on projects side-by-side with Argentinean faculty and students.

The Fashion Capitals of the World

The fashion design department offers an elective course that includes travel to European fashion centers, such as Paris, London, and Milan, where students have special access to museum collections and design studios.


Graphic design students travel with instructors to the UK to learn about another culture’s visual style and how to expand their design skills in a new context.


Every two years, business students have a special opportunity to travel to China with their faculty to learn about culture and business in the major economic centers of this exciting country.


Graduate and undergraduate students from all fields travel to Turkey in the spring. While students gain a general historical, cultural, and aesthetic perspective on Turkey, their individualized study plans allow them to examine in depth topics like the art of textiles, the history of architecture, and the structure of business in Turkey.

Africa and India

Currently, faculty members are exploring field-study opportunities in India and in Africa. Programs in these areas are expected to commence in 2011 and 2012.

University Exchanges

Woodbury University enjoys formal exchange programs with select universities, providing a broad menu of choices for our students. Woodbury currently has agreements with the following institutions:

  • Dusseldorf University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Hanze University (Netherlands)
  • Alfonso X el Sabio University (Spain)
  • University of Central Chile (Chile)
  • Woosong University (Korea)
  • University of Monterrey (Mexico)